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Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards!

Lately my friends are talking to me about trying to reduce my stress.  I have been using my own style of stress reducing activities for all of these years, but it seems that the professionals are now saying that sugar can actually cause a stress response in your body.  That has not been my experience.  When I have been stressed I have reached for my comfort food.  Dessert.

I should have known that it could be a problem because stressed is desserts spelled backwards.  There is something diabolical about that!  Every woman I know believes that chocolate is their friend.  Now the experts are telling us something different.  It is actually exercise that will reduce stress.  I don’t know about you, but for me exercise is not as fun as dessert.  I immediately feel better with dessert and I certainly don’t feel immediately better after exercise.  In fact my muscles ache and I am tired and often a little irritable.  Most men know that chocolate is used as an important coping strategy when the women in their lives are irritable.

But the doctors have told me that I have to rethink my position on exercise.  I have to look past immediate gratification and see the long term benefits.

I am told by those who exercise regularly that I will come to enjoy it and even look forward to it.  I am skeptical.  I have exercised before in my life.  I have entered my seventh decade now and I don’t ever remember enjoying exercise.  I do enjoy dancing and walking with friends, but those activities for me are not just for exercise.  So I will take up this assigned task and try to do what I am being told.

I still believe that I would feel better with a chocolate ice cream sundae.

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  1. If you enjoy dancing, you might like zumba. It’s a really fun way to get in shape. It’s just finding something you enjoy doing that’ll make you stick with it. I tried insanity workouts before but i definitely did not enjoy them or look forward to them. It was a very tough workout. I hope you find the right plan for you and still get to enjoy your desserts. 🙂

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Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

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This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.